Course Descriptions

Below is a list of the courses offered by the Sports Medicine Department at Marietta College. Scroll down and read all of the course descriptions one by one or click on one of the course numbers below to jump to that course.

SPTM 101: Medical Terminology

An understanding of medical terminology for use in future courses and careers. To obtain a working knowledge of medical terms as they are used in the every day activity of the allied health professional. Course will be offered on an as-needed basis for students needing the course for graduate school.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 202: Emergency Response/CPR for the Professional Rescuer

This course will teach students to identify signs and symptoms of possible cardiac arrest, shock, injuries, and sudden illness. The student will learn to administer:

  • emergency response level of first aid,
  • CPR for adults, children, and infants,
  • two rescuer CPR,
  • operation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and bag valve mask.

Successful completion of this course will lead to American Red Cross certifications in CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and emergency response.
Prerequisite: Athletic Training major
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 210: Fundamentals of Athletic Training

Injury/Illness prevention programs including physical examinations, screening procedures, physical conditioning, fitting and maintenance of protective equipment, control of environmental factors. 30 hours of directed observation required.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 211: Practicum I: Lower Extremity Assessment

Prevention, assessment, and management techniques for the lower extremity: foot, ankle, and knee. To be taken first semester of sophomore year. 50 hours of directed observation required.
Prerequisite: SPTM 210.
Credit: 3 Hour.

SPTM 212: Practicum II: Upper Extremity Assessment

Prevention, assesment and management techniques for the upper extremity: shoulder, elbow, hand, and fingers. 50 hours of directed supervision required.
Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 211.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 213: Lower Extremity Assessment Lab

The student will be assigned to an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) that is responsible for the athletic training coverage of a sport that predominately utilizes the lower extremity. The students will meet once a week with the ACI to review and evaluate clinical competencies and proficiencies pertaining to recognition, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation injuries to the lower extremity.
Prerequisites: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program.
A grade of B- or better in SPTM 211.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 214: Upper Extremity Assessment Lab

The student will be assigned to an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) that is responsible for the athletic training coverage of a sport that predominately utilizes the upper extremity. The students will meet once a week with the ACI to review and evaluate clinical competencies and proficiencies pertaining to recognition, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation injuries to the upper extremity.
Prerequisites: Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program.
A grade of B- or better in SPTM 212.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 280: Physiology Lab

A competency based, independent study format designed to allow students to conduct experiments in human physiology utilizing software that allows students to perform experiments as often as they like without harm to animals and without safety concerns. Students have the flexibility to change parameters of an experiment and observe how outcomes are affected. The software also allows students to study histology images at various magnifications.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 285: Applied Nutrition

Chemical compostion and importance of various foods as digested and absorbed by the human body. Human energetics and nutrient requirements as critical components of balanced diet. Dietary planning for disease/disorder prevention and management, emphasizes athletic nutrition. (Also listed as Biology 285)
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 290: Personal Health

Factors influencing health and body systems; practice and programs that affect development and maintenance of physical well-being and problems associated with this maintenance.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 304: Medical Aspects of Sports Medicine

Course material is comprised of the medically oriented aspects of athletic training. Covering all components of the human body with emphasis applied to the recognition, assessment, evaluation, and management techniques involved in the caring for or treating various systemic conditions an athletic injuries through the use of therapeutic or pharmacological methods.
Prerequisites: Biology 212 concurrent;
Credit: 4 Hours.

SPTM 306: Therapeutic Rehabilitation

Didactic and clinical aspects of broad field of therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation techniques. Didactic instruction covers various protocols for therapeutic rehabilitation of major body areas following injury or disease. Designed for Athletic Training students seeking BOC certification.
Prerequisites: Sports Medicine 328.
Credit: 4 Hours.

SPTM 307: Therapeutic Modalities

Theory, use, and techniques of various physical modalities uses in the Athletic Training Education Program. Designed for Athletic Training students seeking BOC certification.
Prerequisites: Sports Medicine 210 and 304.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 311: Practicum III: Head and Spine Assessment

Prevention, assessment, and management techniques for head, cervical spine, lumbar spine, and hip. Admission into the Athletic Training Program required.
Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 212.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 312: Practicum IV: Advanced Assessment

Assessment protocol for eyes, ears, chest, nose, throat, chest, heart, and abdomen. Admission into the Athletic Training Education Program required.
Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 311.
Credit: 2 Hours.

SPTM 313: Head and Spine Assessment Lab

The student will be assigned an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) that is responsible for the athletic coverage of a sport that requires large amounts of protective equipment in order to play the sport (football/ college or high school). The student will meet once a week with the ACI to review and evaluate clinical competencies and proficiencies pertaining to recognition, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries, predominately to the head, neck and spine.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Athletic Training Education Program.
A grade of B- or better in SPTM 311.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 314: General Medical Conditions and Disabilities

The student will meet once a week to review general medical conditions and disability competencies and proficiencies. A requirement of the course is for the students to be assigned to observe and work with qualified allied health care professionals (nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists) as well as various physicians (emergency, family practice). In order to fulfill this requirement the student will be assigned to off-campus affiliated sites. Students will be responsible for transportation to these affiliated sites.
Prerequisite: A grade of B- or better in SPTM 312.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 325: Physiology of Exercise

Fundamental concepts describing reaction of oxygen systems to exercise physiology and nutrition in exercise; exercise effects on human performance; muscular fatigue and effects of enviromental stresses. Three lectures and laboratories scheduled as appropriate.
Prerequisites: Biology 203 and 212.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 328: Practical Biomechanics

The mechanical analysis of human motion illustrating the relationship between anatomy and function. Principles will be applied to examination of sports skills, clinical skills, and evaluation techniques.
Prerequisite: Biology 212.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 385: Pathophysiology

Mechanisms by which disease occurs in living organisms, responses of body to disease process, and effects of pathophysiological mechanism in normal function.
Prerequisites: Biology 203 and 212;
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 397: Internship I

An internship done in junior year in an allied health profession or a field of choice. See department chair for details.
Credit: 1-3 Hours.

SPTM 401: Cadaver Anatomy

Detailed study of musculo-skeletal system, joint structures, and special nerves. Other organ systems may be viewed. Human cadaver utilized for laboratory component. Includes demonstration dissections. (Also listed as Biology 401.)
Prerequisites: C or higher in Biology 212; junior or senior standing; and written permission of instructor. $70 lab fee.
Credit: 3 Hours.

SPTM 411: Practicum V: Organization and Administraion

Administration of athletic training programs and instructional methods. Review competencies and proficiencies pertaining to athletic training health care administration and professional development. Admission into the Athletic Training Program required.
Prerequisites: Students must successfully complete all the competencies and proficiencies assigned to Sports Medicine 312, plus admission into the Athletic Training Education Program.
Credit: 2 Hours.

SPTM 484 Introduction to Research and Design W

This course will put forward the research skills necessary for the senior capstone experience in the Sports Medicine Department. Searching for literature, writing literature reviews, research design, and computer skills will be the main focus of this course. Students will do an intense in depth literature review and by the completion of the course the students will present and submit a formal research proposal to be pursued throughout their senior year.
Prerequisites: This course has been identified as a Writing Proficiency course and so requires satisfactory completion (C- or better) of Writing 101 and at least junior standing. Permission of the instructor is required for Health Science majors.
Credit: 1 hour

SPTM 485: Research and Design I

Use of laboratory, library, and clinical facilities involving areas of kinesiology, physiology of exercise, therapeutic rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Reasearch paper required
Prerequisite: Mathematics 223 or Psych 285.
Credit: 1 Hour.

SPTM 486: Research and Design II

Use of laboratory, library, and clinical facilities involving areas of kinesiology, physiology of exercise, therapeutic rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Reasearch paper required
Prerequisite: Mathematics 223 or Psych 285.
Credit: 1 Hour.